The aim of Wellbeing Week is to provide some perspective for students in their often-busy schedules. Students this week have been encouraged to appreciate all that is good in their lives and a visual representation of this was the Gratitude Wall whereby students were able to think creatively about who or what they were grateful for. Whilst ‘family’, ‘friends’ and ‘sporting teams’ (Port in particular at the moment) featured heavily, there was indeed a great range of responses as to what they are grateful for. Some responses included, ‘That it’s spring’, ‘My teachers’, ‘The school Eco Squad’, ‘Walks on the beach’, ‘The school counsellors’, ‘The moon and the stars’ and one that caught our eye, ‘Friends and garlic bread’, an interesting combination. Some teachers even got into the act with the responses, ‘My beautiful students’ and even, ‘My air fryer’.
Students throughout the week were provided with experiences that they could choose to participate in such as purchasing tickets to a raffle to fundraise for the Lasallian organisation, Kids Helpline in the hope of winning a great prize that included a big range of chocolates, lollies, a SMC Beanie and a Westfield Voucher. They were also offered the chance to participate in Mindfulness Yoga, Movies, Sporting shootouts such as Soccer, Netball, Football and Basketball and always a fan favourite, yummy food.
One of the highlights of Wellbeing Week is the Petting Zoo. As staff, we love watching students get immersed in the experience. No matter the age, gender or personality, we are always amazed at seeing the way the students enjoy being able to visit the animals in the middle of their school day, as they forget about schoolwork and focus on the animals, with so many of the students making a point to thank us for the opportunity. The staff at the Petting Zoo couldn’t speak highly enough about how great our students were over the two days in the way they respected the staff, the animals and each other, which was most pleasing to hear.
Thursday, being RU OK? Day! was an opportunity for students to dress up, with crazy socks, beanie and a scarf and enjoy a sausage sizzle to raise money for Headspace and Kids Helpline.
Karaoke was also a hit, with a number of students singing along to some 80’s and 90’s tunes that they no doubt have heard their parents belt out at different times growing up.
It was a special week that seemed to bring a whole lot of joy to the students and staff of the College and we thank the students for engaging in the activities in the way that they did.
Mr Sam Kitschke, Director of Pastoral